Toymaker Finds Barbie's Wheelchair Friend For Morgan
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 15, 2006
LAKELAND, FLORIDA--"Why can't there be a Barbie in a wheelchair?" eight-year-old Morgan Kelly asked her mother last December.
Morgan, who has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair, was looking through her younger sister's doll collection and realized that none appeared to have a physical disability like her.
"The clincher was when she looked at me and said 'Don't they think handicapped people are pretty enough to be a Barbie?', and that really got me," Morgan's mother, Angela Floyd, told CNN.
After Morgan and her mother found no dolls in wheelchairs on the Internet, they decided to ask Barbie's manufacturer, Mattel.
That's when they learned that Mattel used to make a companion to Barbie -- who came with her own wheelchair -- under the name "Share A Smile Becky" .
Even though the company stopped making Becky nine years ago, they found one left in a toy library and shipped it to Morgan.
"There was a huge box, and I said, 'Wow, Mommy, it looks like me!' and I liked it," Morgan said.
Her mother later said of the toymaker, "They did something way beyond the call of duty."
Photo of "Share A Smile Becky"